Gregory Brebach, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Spine Surgery

Board Certifications
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Practice Locations

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Areas of Expertise

  • Spinal Surgery Including Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Spinal Disorders – Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar

Biography

Dr. Greg Brebach is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon, fellowship-trained in spinal surgery. His practice is limited to disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Originally from the Barrington area, he graduated from Barrington High School. He began his practice 2003 after finishing first in his class at Rush Medical College and completing his Spine Fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital near Detroit, Michigan.

Since 2007, Dr. Brebach has been on the Board of Directors of Wellness Place, a cancer recovery and education center.

Dr. Brebach joined Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in 2016 and he lives in the Barrington area with his wife Elissa and their children, Nina and Henry.

Dr. Brebach stresses a conservative approach to spinal care, stating, “The great majority of the patients I see are not surgical candidates. Most people respond to a designed regimen of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, exercise, oral steroid medications, and occasionally epidural steroid injections.” When surgery is necessary, Dr. Brebach employs the latest techniques in spinal surgery to limit recovery times and optimize long-term results. His goal is “to get you where you want to be.”

Gregory Brebach, MD

My Team

Education

Medical School

Rush Medical College, Chicago IL

Internship

Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center- General Surgery

Residency

Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center- Orthopedic Surgery

Fellowship

William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak MI- Spine

Affiliations and Associations

  • Lake County Medical Association
  • Illinois Medical Association
  • Lim, TH; Brebach, G; Renner, S; Kim, J; Anderson, G; An, H: Biomechanical Evaluation of an Injectable Calcium Phosphate Cement for Vertebroplasty: Spine, Vol 27, No 12, pp 1297-1302, June 2002
  • Gitelis, S; Brebach, G: The Treatment of Cronic Osteomyelitis with a Biodegradable Antiobiotic-Impregnated Surgical Grade Calcium Sulfate Implant: J of Orthopaedic Surgery, Vol 10, No 1, pp 53-60, June 2002
  • Marco, R; Gitelis, S; S; Brebach. G; Healy, JH: Cartilage Tumors: Evalution and Treatment: JAAOS. Vol 8, No 5, September/October 2000, pp 292-304

SOCIETY PRESENTATIONS:

  • A Cadaveric Comparison of Grip Forces in the Hand Before and After Hook of the Hamatc Excision: Fifth Annual OREF Midwest Resident Research Competition and Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, May 2002
  • The Effects of Pedicle Screw-Rod Distraction Posterior Lumbar Interbody Graft Distraction and Interbody Graft Plus Posterior Compression on Lumbar Foraminal Dimensions and Lordosis: NASS, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2000

RESEARCH ABSTRACTS:

  • Brebach G; Montgomery D; Sengupta D: Pedicle Substraction Osteotomy for Flatback Syndrome: A Review of Nine Cases. 2003
  • Brebach G; Herkowitz H; Montgomery D; Fischgrund J; Truumees E; Femoral Ring Allografts in Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusions: A Review of 32 Cases. 2003
  • Brebach G;Beck P; Lim T; Kim J; Fernandez J; Cohen M: A Cadaveric Comparison of Grip Forces in the Hand Before and After Hook of the Hamate Excision. 2002
  • Brebach G; Renner S; Lim T; An H: The Effect of New Calcium Sulfate Cement on the Compression Strength of Vertebroplasty. 2001
  • Brebach G; Gitelis S; Piasecki P; Segretti J: The Use of Gentamycin Impregnated Calcium Sulfate Beads in the Treatment of Chronic Osteomyelitis: Eight Case Studies, 2001

BOOK CHAPTERS:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery Essentials: Spine: Edited by C Bono and S Garfin, Cervical Spondylosis and Stenosis, G Brebach, J Fishgrund, H Herkowitz, Lippincott, 2004, pp. 106-113
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Essentials: Spine: Edited by C Bono and S Garfin, Cervical Radiculopathy, G Brebach, H Herkowitz, Lippincott, 2004, pp.114-121
  • The Adult Pediatric Spine, Edited by J Frymoyer and S Wiesel, Operative Techniques: Interbody Fusion, E Truumees, G Brebach, Lippincott, 2004 pp.1133-1152
  • The Adult and Pediatric Spine, Edited by J Frymoyer and S Wiesel, Positioning and approaches to the Thoracolumbar Spine: Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Approaches, E Truumees, G Brebach, Lippincott, pp.1061-1080
  • Jorge O. Galante, M.D., Excellence in Research Awarded, Effect of New Calcium Phosphate Cement on the Compression Strength of Vertebroplasty. Rush-Presbyterian-St.Lukes’s Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, June 2001
  • Valedictorian, Rush Medical College, Class of 1997 (1 of 120)
  • Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Medical Staff Prize for Clinical Excellence (1997): Awarded to the outstanding senior medical student as selected by the medical staff
  • Clark-Schmidt Medical Education Scholarship (1997): Awarded by the internal medicine and nursing staffs for demonstrated clinical and academic distinction
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (1996): Vice President, Rush Medical College, Zeta Chapter, elected junior year
  • Vice Chairman, Surgery Department, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
  • Chairman-elect, Surgery Department, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital 2015
  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery

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“I was turned down by two well known neurosurgeons in my search to have my neck fixed. Neither of the two neurosurgeons I consulted would operate on me because I have Multiple Sclerosis. A friend referred me to Dr. Brebach who saw that I had done every other thing to relieve the pain and numbness in my neck, arm and hand. He operated on me in September 2020 and the results were immediate! Don’t waste your time going anywhere else!” – Kathryn Y.

“Absolutely fantabulous! Dr. Brebach is truly a gift to his profession! Although I was extremely nervous at the prospect of having a lumbar spinal infusion operation during a National Pandemic, I was in good hands! Dr. Brebach explained what the complexion of the process looked like from the start of surgery through the recovery process. When he noted my apprehensiveness, he worked to set me at ease. His confidence and intimate knowledge helped to calm my fears. Additionally, Dr. Brebach’s medical staff is impressive! They are warm, friendly and pick up the phone when I have called. It’s rare to find a doctor that combines personal touches and care for a patient as a person with outstanding, high-quality medical care. I highly recommend Dr. Gregory Brebach, you won’t be disappointed!” – Anastasia E.

“Dr. Brebach answered all of my questions completely and provided the supporting logic for his recommendations.”

“Great doctor, great team!”

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